Department of Numbers

Kentucky Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Kentucky fell 0.3 percentage points in April 2016 to 5.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Kentucky peaked in June 2009 at 10.9% and is now 5.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.3% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Kentucky unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.4
Kentucky 5.3% -0.3 0.0

Unemployment Rate: Kentucky, National

Kentucky monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Kentucky Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Kentucky peaked in June 2009 at 223,955. There are now 118,132 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 102,549 in July 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,274. Kentucky job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Kentucky 105,823 -6,137 +2,546

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Kentucky from 1990 to April 2016

Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployed
April 2016 5.0% 5.3% 105,823
March 2016 5.0% 5.6% 111,960
February 2016 4.9% 5.8% 114,921
January 2016 4.9% 5.8% 114,305
December 2015 5.0% 5.7% 112,030
November 2015 5.0% 5.6% 109,444
October 2015 5.0% 5.5% 106,919
September 2015 5.1% 5.4% 104,666
August 2015 5.1% 5.3% 103,133
July 2015 5.3% 5.3% 102,549
June 2015 5.3% 5.3% 102,682
May 2015 5.5% 5.3% 103,068